Self-Care Tips for Pain Relief
When it comes to chronic pain, it is important to know what is causing it and how you can get better or at least relieve yourself from the pain. Doing this allows you to perform your daily tasks without compromising productivity. You must consult your doctor about your condition and ask about treatment plans.
Other than your doctor’s treatment plan, you can also do self-care strategies to help relieve your pain. Just make sure you ask your doctor if there are particular medicines or exercises that you are not allowed to take or do. Here are some tips on how you can relieve pain:
Hot compress and cold pack – it is good practice to have a cold pack and hot compress ready at home. Some prefer hot compress over ice packs but as good practice, one should place an ice pack on an injury in the first 48 hours. Do not directly place ice on your injury because it can burn your skin. Use a towel or cloth between the ice pack and your skin. After 48 hours, you can use hot compress or ice packs to relieve pain.
Analgesics – if you are suffering from muscle spasms, soft tissue injury, or osteoarthritis you can use topical analgesics to soothe your pain. They usually come as a cream containing wintergreen, peppermint, camphor, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ask your doctor’s opinion about mixing topical and oral analgesics and which is best for your situation.
Deep breathing exercises – taking the time to do deep breathing exercises because this can lower stress levels and help relieve pain. You can do it in the morning or when you are outdoors to catch some fresh air. Deep breathing can improve blood circulation and increase oxygen in your system so that your body can function properly.
Meditation, Tai Chi or Yoga – a relaxed workout can also help decrease the pain you’re experiencing. It is found that meditation can make you less sensitive to pain and will allow you to cope better. Tai Chi or Yoga can help increase flexibility, strength and calmness. These are essential in reducing pain and improving physical function.
Pain is an indication that you are suffering from something and your doctor can help you pinpoint the cause. It helps to have first aid remedies at home in order to relieve pain as soon as you experience it. Likewise, let your doctor know if the pain does not go away.